90% of Texas remains in Extreme or Exceptional Drought. Nonetheless, we had a bit of a sprinkle on the 6th and a goodly amount of rain today (1/2 inch in my garden). As a result, I have blooms to share.
In the vegetable garden, 'Ichiban" Japanese eggplant continues to bloom and produce small, tasty eggplants.
Each purple blossom is a potential eggplant. The sepals of the five-lobed calyx look like a little octopus to me.
In the back yard, a handful of 'Bright Lights' cosmos have popped up.
But most importantly, the roses are back!
'La Marne' is putting out sweet little nosegays.
'Old Blush' is as big as a hedge and covered in blossoms (and bees.)
It reminds me of a big rose-patterned quilt. I just want to wrap myself up in it!
'Dame du Coeur' has put out a dozen soft, velvety blossoms that smell like fresh rosy apples.
The "Chrysler' rose was hit hard by heat and drought this summer, but has managed one tiny fall blossom with a big rose scent.
What bloomers survived your summer to tell the tale? Visit May Dreams Gardens and post all about 'em.
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